A Guide to Filtering, Shaping and Controlling Reverb


Reverb is the sound’s capability of radiating  sound waves and bouncing it back using certain medium. If this not controlling the right way, you will not be able to refine your audio track any further. Controlling, filtering and shaping the reverb to suit your preferences come in handy when you want to improve the quality of your sound.

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In order to make your instrument’s reverb well formed and make your music clearer, you have to make sure that you will be able to filter, shape and control it. There are some basic tips that you can consider when it comes to doing it in order to make your audio track clearer and without any bad sound at all. Here are the following tips:


In order for you to effectively filter your reverb, you need to consider the two types of filtering: low and high cut. The high-cut filter is often made in order to clear the high frequency noise and balance the count well. In order to do this, set up your frequency down to kHz amounts below 10. Once you do so, try testing out the sound if it works well, and differentiate it with the higher amount of kHz. Listen carefully and identify which one is better for your needs.

On the other hand, the low-cut filter is the type of frequency that’s often used in order to prevent low frequency noises. Once low frequency builds up, the sound tends to play differently and can cause an unnecessary part on your audio footages. Reverbs tend to make low frequency sounds all the time which is why this is crucial to do along with high-cut at certain parts.


In order to make your soundtrack well-developed, you also have to shape the reverb. There are special methods that you can use to make this, especially on the parts where the t and s sounds are kind of sharp to the ears. The sharp s and t sounds often happen in recordings, and this can be terrible to listen at when playing your track. To prevent this, a method called de-essing is often applied to shape the reverb into a type of sound where all of the parts of it – including the s and t – will sound clearer and more natural.

Another shaping technique that’s often applied is called enhancement. Some reverbs on instruments are often enhanced with the help of transient designers. These are capable of making the reverb’s shape “tight” in order for it to make crisp quality sound on instruments, especially when drums are in use. Harmonics are also known to be good quality enhancers in order to turn your reverbs into one of more decent quality sound as it provides more feel to the dry sound recording.


In order to control the frequency of the reverbs, special effects are usually used in order to provide better flow into your mix without any disturbing sounds that might be bad for the ears. These are used in order to cover up some reverbs so then it will sound a lot more natural. There are different types of SFX that you can use on your audio tracks in order to provide more decent quality to it.

Lastly, a basic technique called distortion can also be applied in order to shape the reverb into a quality that matches your audio footage well as to change the reverbs made by different instruments in the studio into your desirable setup.

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Filter and shape are the actual aspects of the reverb that you can control in order to make your audio tracks sound better and more natural as you refine your recordings. Note that this is not just for the voice, but also for the instruments that are in play during the recording session. It’s important to remember that reverb must be manipulated all the time in order to provide the right sound that you need to make, and to avoid making it sound like something that was recorded out of a phone or a recording device.

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